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03-September-2013
03-September-2013

Photographs supplied by Bryan Cole

Lone Pine Memorial Tree commemorates the Battle of Lone Pine at Gallipoli in 1915 and is planted in remembrance of all persons who served in the defence of Australia and those who who paid the supreme sacrifice.

The Lone Pine was the name given to a solitary tree on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, which marked the site of the Battle of Lone Pine in 1915 during World War One and it was the sole survivor of a group of trees that had been cut down by Turkish soldiers who had used the timber and branches to cover their trenches.

The tree was obliterated during the battle; however, pine cones that had remained attached to the cut branches over the trenches were retrieved by two Australian soldiers and brought home to Australia.

Melbourne Legacy and the Yarralumla Nursery in Canberra have grown seedlings sourced from the trees at the Shrine of Remembrance and the Australian War Memorial respectively, which they have presented to schools as well as ex-service and other organisations throughout Australia.

Location

Address:Ocean Boulevard & Scholefield Road, Seacliff, 5049
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.037895
Long: 138.524429
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 11th November, 1999
Front Inscription

ALEPPO PINE  PINUS HALEPENSIS
THE A.I.F. ATTACK ON AND HOLDING OF LONE PINE RIDGE
GALLIPOLI, AUGUST 1915

AFTER SEVERE FIGHTING, MEMBERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE ON 6 AUGUST 1915 TOOK THE HIGH AND STRATEGIC LONE PINE RIDGE. SEVERAL DAYS OF EXTREMELY HEAVY TURKISH COUNTER-ATTACKING FOLLOWED. OVER 2,000 AND 7,000 AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS WERE KILLED. SEVEN AUSTRALIANS WERE AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS.

AN AUSTRALIAN SOLDIER WHO TOOK PART IN THE ACTION, IN WHICH HIS BROTHER WAS KILLED, TOOK A CONE FROM ONE OF THE PINE TREE LOGS USED BY THE TURKS AS OVERHEAD COVER FOR THEIR TRENCHES. HE LATER SENT IT TO HIS MOTHER. FROM A SEED SHED BY THIS CONE SHE GREW A SEEDLING PINE TREE.

IN 1934 THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER PLANTED THIS TREE IN THE GROUNDS OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL, CANBERRA. IN MEMORY OF THE AUSTRALIANS WHO FELL AT LONE PINE. THE TREE GROWING HERE WAS RAISED FROM SEED TAKEN FROM THE ORIGINAL TREE IN CANBERRA.

IT WAS PLANTED ON REMEMBRANCE DAY, 11 NOVEMBER 1999, IN MEMORY OF ALL PERSONS WHO SERVED IN DEFENCE OF AUSTRALIA, IN PARTICULAR THOSE WHO PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE.

LEST WE FORGET.

B. J. NADILO, MAYOR CITY OF HOLDFAST BAY
DR. ANDREW SOUTHCOTT  FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BOOTHBY
T. WHITELAW, PRESIDENT BRIGHTON SUB-BRANCH S.A. BRANCH RETURNED SERVICES LEAGUE

Source: TOH , MA
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